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Professor Nicoletta Marini-Maio

Film Studies

Dickinson College



Nicoletta Marini-Maio is Associate Professor of Italian and Film Studies Chair at Dickinson College, USA. She is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the international journal g/s/i—gender/sexuality/italy. Her main fields of research are film studies and Italian cinema, particularly the intersections between politics, gender, cultural representations, popular culture, the narrative mode, and collective memory.

She is the author of A Very Seductive Body Politic: Silvio Berlusconi in Cinema (Milan: Mimesis, 2015) and co-editor and co-translator of Body Of State: A Nation Divided (Fairleigh-Dickinson, 2011). Her publications include articles on film and theater in the years of lead (1970s), coming-of-age films, and auteur cinema, in addition to two pedagogical volumes.

Nicoletta is currently completing a monograph on the Aldo Moro Affair, a project for which she received the Andrew W. Mellon Penn Humanities Forum Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a study on Decamerotici, a series of Italian films produced in the 1970s and inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron.

With Ellen Nerenberg, she is co-author and co-principal investigator of the fully collaborative project provisionally entitled Winxology: Grooming the Future Female Consumer. This 360-degree exploration trains on Winx Club, an animated Italian television series with a target audience of girls and tweens broadcast in more than 150 countries and enables readings ranging across a number of intersecting fields like screen studies (including international seriality, animation, and television formats), gender studies, and girlhood studies, among others.